Bucks rookie Nate Wolters first to make NBA from St. Cloud, Minn.
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — There are many players in the NBA who have been in the spotlight since high school. Many are from big cities and they wear fancy suits to games — and then there’s a Milwaukee Bucks rookie who has been caught on camera with his flannel shirt and rumpled collar.
As the first player ever to make the NBA from St. Cloud, Minnesota, Nate Wolters knows he’s a long way from home. The Bucks rookie is three games into a career that has already seen him play on some of the game’s bigger stages.
“It’s been an amazing experience — especially going to New York and Boston and those types of places, so it’s been fun,” Wolters said.
It has been busy for the second round draft choice — a South Dakota State product. Because of injuries, he played 30 minutes against the Knicks, 29 against the Celtics and then 36 in the home opener against Toronto.
“In college I played all, every minute, so I’m used to this kind of minutes — but I didn’t really expect to be playing this many minutes, but it is what it is,” Wolters said.
“It’s just one of those situations with him being the only point guard we have right now — I have to leave him out there,”
What makes Wolters’ early season effectiveness so surprising is not just his low draft slot, but also his largely uninspiring pre-season performances.
“I think it helps just knowing that I’m going to play a lot — so you get into a rhythm in the game. I’ve never come off the bench before in my life, so coming off the bench and trying to bring energy and trying to get into a rhythm, I think I’ve got to work on that, so I think that’s kind of the main reason why I feel a lot more comfortable here in the regular season so far,” Wolters said.
Further displaying his newness, after the game on Saturday night, Wolters was in the east lobby of the BMO Harris Bradley Center asking for directions to the west lobby so he could meet somebody. He got pointed in the right direction — just like he is finding his way, so far, in the NBA.